Thursday, April 23, 2009
Best of Both Worlds? Hannah Montana Movie Review
- Shequita Weaver
I’m not going to lie. I’m not even ashamed. When I found out that a Hannah Montana movie was making its way to a theater near me, I was excited. Yes, I’m a 21 year old college senior. However, being able to revert back to my 13-year-old, teenybopper self gives me “the best of both worlds.” I saw the movie the day after it came out. My mom offered to pay, and immediately I asked my 13-year-old sister if she wanted to go. Unfortunately, she’s at the age of being “above” Hannah Montana. So I simply called my 12 year-old cousin who is not yet too cool for Hannah Montana. A year can make a big difference, I suppose. Whatever the case may be, we were off to see the movie event of the year!
I’ll admit that I felt a little awkward singing along to the songs in the movie with a 12-year-old to my left and a 3 year-old to my right. However, as time went on I was able to push my insecurities aside and discuss my reasons for loving Jackson as opposed to Oliver with the cute little girl who had no teeth.
The movie in itself was adorable, entertaining, and charming (if you are willing to watch it from the eyes of a teenybopper girl. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it much. In this film version of Hannah Montana, it seems that Miley Stewart is letting her alter-ego lifestyle get out of hand. In short, she’s beginning to think that her name is really Hannah Montana and has become too big for her britches. After getting into a fight with Tyra Banks over a pair of shoes (although, who wouldn’t want to throw a shoe at her head?), Miley’s father decides to intervene and send her back down to her roots—away from Hollywood and home to Tennessee where she grew up.
Being in Tennessee makes Miley realize that she has forgotten who she was. After telling a certain boy (there’s always a love-interest) that she saved Hannah Montana’s life while surfing, she gets herself into a predicament that forces her to introduce Hannah to her hometown in Tennessee—while keeping her secret safe. After cute antics throughout the movie, and a big web of lies, Miley is forced to make a decision. Does she stop being Hannah, or does she return to Tennessee as Miley Stewart, the simple farm girl?
Hannah Montana the movie provides its young viewers with a sense of fun and a lesson in staying true to oneself. While some may not enjoy the sugary sweet, bubblegum genre, I saw it as a refreshing break from my life as a 21-year-old college senior.